Sold-out show meets expectations

Pool and live music are quickly making The Bridge a popular destination for both patrons and area bands.

Taylor Treadaway

Pool and live music are quickly making The Bridge a popular destination for both patrons and area bands.

Taylor Treadaway

The Foundry played host to recording acts Set Your Goals, Alexisonfire, Saosin and feature band Senses Fail Feb. 1.

The show, which sold out shortly after the doors opened, met the expectations of those in attendance.

“I came to see Alexisonfire,” said David Carnine, vocal performance major. “It’s going to be an awesome show. The Foundry keeps getting more and more shows that get better and better each time they have a show. It’s always exciting to see what’s coming up in the future.”

“I’m here to see Alexisonfire and Saosin,” said Corey Fullerton, sophomore biology and physics major. “I’m glad to be here, I think its great that these bands came to Joplin and I think its great they are finally getting some descent music here.”

The performers enjoyed the facilities, not just the stage. The guys from Alexisonfire played basketball against a few of their fans, easily defeating anyone who chose to enter the contest.

For one of the acts, their debut in Joplin comes almost two months before their second Joplin show of the year.

“It’s cool to be playing at the Foundry,” said Set Your Goals drummer Mike Ambrose. “It’s our first time in Joplin. We were actually on the Less Than Jake tour when we were approached by the Bridge and asked to play at the Foundry. We are scheduled to come back and play a show on March 31, which is a day off from the Anti-flag tour.”

Ambrose’s band mates are anticipating their headlining date in March.

“I think it will be interesting to be headlining here as opposed to opening,” center vox Matt Wilson said. “This place is totally awesome because we get the two greatest things here, music and dodge-ball.”

The Bridge has been home to mainly local bands from the four-state area, but since the opening of the Foundry, the opportunity to showcase various talents, has performing acts selecting Joplin as a constant tour stop. Groups like Thousand Foot Crutch and Daughtry are slated to perform at the Foundry over the next few months. The variety of groups indicates that the Foundry doesn’t cater to one specific genre.